Qantas will close its Singapore first class lounge from April 20

Qantas' swish Singapore lounge is the latest casualty of the coronavirus.

By David Flynn , March 11 2020
Qantas will close its Singapore first class lounge from April 20

Qantas will close its Singapore first class lounge as of Monday April 20 as part of a coronavirus-led realignment of its international network, which will also see the airline axe its Sydney-Singapore-London Airbus A380 flights from the same date.

Instead, Qantas' flagship QF1/QF2 service to London will be re-routed via Perth and become a non-stop Boeing 787-9 to London, running alongside the current QF9/QF10 service to result in two daily Perth-London flights on the red-tailed Dreamliner.

No more Qantas A380s, or first class, for Singapore.
No more Qantas A380s, or first class, for Singapore.

Read: Qantas slashes Airbus A380 flights, drops Singapore-London

With worldwide travel demand plummeting due to continued spread of Covid-19, Qantas is also axing its daily Melbourne-Singapore Airbus A380 flight, which will move to a smaller Boeing 787-9 from late March and then onto an Airbus A330 as of May 4.

As a result, Qantas is seeing not only fewer passengers flying to Singapore, but none flying through Singapore to London or back.

Combined with the withdrawal of the Airbus A380s, which are the only aircraft in the Qantas fleet to feature first class, Qantas is temporarily pulling down the shutters on its Singapore First Lounge, which opened only in November 2019.

Qantas' Singapore First Lounge will be closed until at least September 2020.
Qantas' Singapore First Lounge will be closed until at least September 2020.

Review: Qantas Singapore First Lounge

While not restricted to first class flyers – Platinum-grade Qantas Frequent Flyers and their Oneworld Emerald equivalents are also welcomed through the frosted doors – there's now insufficient demand to justify keeping this exclusive lounge open in the short term.

From April 20, all loungeworthy Qantas travellers will be directed to the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge, which has recently been expanded to increase capacity to almost 600 guests.

It's back to the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge for Platinum-grade frequent flyers.
It's back to the Qantas Singapore Business Lounge for Platinum-grade frequent flyers.

Review: Qantas Singapore Business Lounge

The Qantas Singapore First Lounge is expected to be closed for an estimated five months through to at least September 2020, or until the A380s resume Singapore-London flights and Qantas believes there is sufficient demand to re-open the lounge.

In the four months since its November 2019 debut the upmarket lounge has quickly become the destination of choice for top-tier frequent flyers on other Oneworld airlines departing from Singapore Changi Terminal 1 such as British Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways, although the Gulf carrier has recently opened its own Singapore Premium Lounge in the same terminal.

Qatar Airways' Singapore Premium Lounge.
Qatar Airways' Singapore Premium Lounge.

However, the Qatar Airways lounge admits only business and first class travellers on Oneworld airlines, not top-tier frequent flyers in economy or premium economy; and even for business class passengers, the lounge's restricted opening hours make it unavailable for the transit stopover of BA16 and the evening departures of JAL and Finnair.

Qatar Airways' Singapore Premium Lounge.
Qatar Airways' Singapore Premium Lounge.

First look: Qatar Airways Singapore Premium Lounge

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

09 Apr 2017

Total posts 9

Assuming there are no travel restrictions imposed in the meantime, my return trip to Paris will just sneak through before the closure of the First lounge. First world relief ;-)

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 133

This is such good business planning. Qantas have put in some really good measures to combat the financial instability that the world is about to face and that they must endure!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Nov 2016

Total posts 76

In this case I was lucky to experience it recently. Its a great lounge but after seeing the empty shops at Changi, the lack of passengers walking around its understandable this could happen. This will virus epidemic will pass and I look forward to visiting the lounge in the future, whenever that will be.

04 Dec 2013

Total posts 132

I was there last night ahead of QF36 and it was superb and well attended. I heard another guest commiserating with a staff member but I hadn't heard this bit of news so wasn't aware of the context.

:-(

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Oct 2012

Total posts 7

Bugger - will be in transit on 28/29 April. Well at least that is the plan at the moment. Will wait to see what BA does.

23 Jul 2017

Total posts 31

If eight A380s are grounded, where will they be stored? Shame about the new lounge. I missed when the opening was delayed last year. Now I'll miss again this year.


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